Internet Providers in San Carlos, CA

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Residential Internet Statistics for San Carlos, CA
Internet Providers: 18
Internet Plans: 17
Fastest Speed Available: 2,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.39

Internet Access in San Carlos, California

DSL infrastructure and Fiber infrastructure make up the most common hardwired broadband networks throughout San Carlos, with close to one hundred percent and 86.73 percent availability. Even considering cable networks or DSL networks trend more financially viable, fiber optical networks are better designed to handle digital data transit, and offer overall better performance. As a result of the prevalence of Fiber in San Carlos, the city's unweighted average download rate of 163.21 Mbps is 78.86 percent above the California state average (currently 34.5 Mbps). Even so, the Internet speed and performance at individual addresses may vary along with the quality of the "last mile" connection.

The broadband packages shown here are collected by hand by our data team. We've aggregated 419 plans in San Carlos since 2014.

Most households within San Carlos have more than one ISPs to choose from. The map provided below shows how competition changes around the city.

Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in San Carlos.

While the main providers are HughesNet and Viasat, XFINITY from Comcast is also in San Carlos with service in practically one hundred percent of addresses and a recorded top speed of 987 Mbps. Fixed wireless plans from companies like Etheric Networks connect their subscribers to as much as 80 Mbps using wireless hardware. There are 10 providers with specialized enterprise-level connections like T1 and MPLS. See the interactive map on the page below to see how many options are available at the census block level.

  • There are 18 internet providers in San Carlos with 10 of those offering residential service
  • San Carlos is the 86th most connected city in California ahead of San Mateo, Menlo Park, Belmont, and Atherton, but behind Redwood City.
  • The fastest zip code in San Carlos for April 2021 is 94070. (see all below).

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In San Carlos, California

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Sonic 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
Sonic 80 Mbps DSL 1m 42s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in San Carlos, California

  • EarthLink - DSL - 99.6% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 98.3% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 99.9% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 86.7% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 86.4% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Sonic - DSL - 25.3% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
  • Sonic - Fiber - 54.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in San Carlos - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For San Carlos

San Carlos Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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San Carlos is the 86th most connected city in California ahead of San Mateo, Menlo Park, Belmont, and Atherton, but behind Redwood City.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 3,000 people in San Mateo County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Fiber Availability: 91% of people living in San Carlos have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 100% of San Carlos residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

As of this month, 94070 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in San Carlos.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In San Mateo County, approximately 4,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Working from Home in San Carlos

San Carlos has 860 workers operating primarily from home via telecommuting. 50.81 of them take home less than $75,000 per year. San Carlos features a high amount of Fiber coverage, so it's to be expected that telecommuting might be common for locals. It's a robust network service that easily supports cloud apps, video conferencing, and many other intensive work-related use cases. Among the portion of San Carlos that census records identify as working from home, 50.81 Within home office workers in San Carlos, 50.81% make less than $75,000 per year. If you're installing home WiFi for telecommuting, it's important to check the data limits on your plan. Some home Internet plans in San Carlos have data limits. This can be frustrating if you use a lot of data for work purposes like video conferencing, etc. Business connections should be provided for those who need more than a typical consumer-grade bundle.

Data Caps on San Carlos Internet Plans

Internet providers have been moving to impose "data caps" onto their residential Internet packages lately. The trend is certainly true for San Carlos, with providers like Xfinity adding plans with data caps. This won't really matter for most residents, but it is liable to affect households who share their connection with family or friends or "power users" who download or upload a lot of high-def video. If you are concerned about staying under a set amount of data use, look for fiber plans in the area using the search tool at the top of this page. Fiber is sometimes a bit higher priced. However, they can provide non-capped data without throttling because fiber-optic line doesn't share limited bandwidth seen with cable and DSL.

Summary Of Internet Providers In San Carlos

Provider Type Coverage Speed
EarthLink DSL 99.6%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Internet IPBB 98.3%+ 100 Mbps
Etheric Networks Fixed Wireless 100% 80 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.9%+ 1,200 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 86.7%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 86.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sonic DSL 25.3%+ 80 Mbps
Sonic Fiber 54.0%+ 2,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Etheric Networks Fixed Wireless 100% 80 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 99.5%+ 987 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 76.0%+ 940 Mbps
Sonic Business DSL 21.4%+ 80 Mbps
Sonic Business Fiber 39.6%+ 2,000 Mbps
Sonic Business Copper 39.6%+ 2,000 Mbps
GTT Communications DSL 21.8%+ 8 Mbps
Vast Networks Fiber 14.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 7.0%+ 50 Mbps
TPx Communications Copper 6.3%+ 1.5 Mbps
GeoLinks Copper 3.1%+ 100 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare San Carlos to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
San Carlos 163.2 Mbps 10 $0.28 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +252.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.54 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -44.3 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -47 Mbps ) 14 ( +4 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -35.8 Mbps ) 23 ( +13 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -35.6 Mbps ) 8 ( -2 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )